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Desktop virtualization platform to enable remote access

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We saved our customer the cost of a new server and solved the need for the remote users. Overall the the customer is happy and the VM that was setup works well.

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Very good and robust product. Cost Managerment and License model are main challenges for global and big companies.

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Azure is loosing against other cloud players

Reviewed 24 days ago
Pros

Compatibility with Microsoft products and deployment of Microsoft solutions

Cons

Complexity, price, is not so easy when you try to use other products than Microsoft

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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MS Azure, a complete catalog for I4.0 tools.

Reviewed a month ago

Good experience if you need to know what tools you have in the catalog in case you need to implement a big project.

Pros

The catalog for analytics tools is pretty big, you can integrate various solutions to the default tools

Cons

The prices you need to pay are also high, taking on account that if you need to deploy a prototype the ROI will be low.

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Great cloud platform

Reviewed 25 days ago

In my case, my experience was satisfactory. In fact, Azure can easily use the performance and use of all companies, whether a local company or a company that has offices in different countries / regions. In this way, it can concentrate on commercial objectives without thinking about the infrastructure that supports the process. In addition, from the user's point of view, you can always have a good experience regardless of your position. With the safe connection, you can easily access the platform.

Pros

Its design is beautiful and intuitive. This is an easy to use tool that is excellent to meet my cloud storage needs. I like to store all kinds of information and additions to a certain function. Excellent application for online storage. It offers excellent videos and graphics for exchange that is difficult to receive by email, due to this script, it fully helps in the development of work and helps...

Cons

It requires having experience on platforms a simple error could generate problems.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Microsoft Azure the Logical Advancement for Microsoft Stack; Still learning and improving

Reviewed a month ago

The main things we wanted to address with Azure were 1) Overhead of hardware that we had to maintain. The cost of electricity, space, cooling, hardware itself, people with the skills to build new servers, etc. are reduced. 2) uptime/ availability and redundancy. Just let a giant company like Microsoft handle it. 3) Scalability. We can change the size of the VM with a simple click and reboot, sometimes less. This was not possible when we owned the hardware. 4) simplify upgrades. 5) Theoretically reduce cost. I was not actually included in the cost and purchase, just some implementation, but all of the above reasons contribute to designing an environment to be scaled how we need it, distributing power and resources where needed more fluidly.

Pros

The Azure portal is the home of many functions. The fact that this web-based portal houses so much functionality and administrative work can make it easily accessible from anywhere with internet. You no longer have to be in our firm's network. Generally it was a smooth transition to Azure from standard Windows servers, though there were some learning points and growing pains. Mostly it seemed to boil down to knowing/learning which option to select or how to configure. It also has fairly good monitoring and visualizations to help keep track of administrative tasks. Speed of going from nothing to having a new server is much faster than it used to be, as are scalable adjustments. Staying with the Microsoft stack, integration was the standard level of difficulty.

Cons

While monitoring is good, alerting and actual push notifications seem to be lacking. This means you have to know where to look and do so to find out if anything is wrong. We've had to figure out other tools and custom alerting to handle certain scenarios. Some things that are supposed to work seem to have the occasional quirk, like a windows update. Only 1 sticks out as being a huge critical issue, but Microsoft fixed it after getting to the right person. I've seen (what I think are) some unexplained networking hiccups, all of which resolve themselves with no IT user effort. But I don't know some of those pieces, and may be over speaking. The only one that affects me directly is that I occasionally see a 'sephamore timeout' when connecting to SQL server.

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Azure is the best cloud service provider there is. Very reliable and secure.

Reviewed a year ago

Overall Microsoft Azure has been excellent. Migrating from onsite solutions to Microsoft Azure had been the best decision my company has made. Azure has proven to be faster, more efficient and secure than our former onsite set up.

Pros

Azure totally bests onsite solutions when it comes to deployment speed and speed of scalability. This is what motivated my companies decision to move from onsite to cloud. The most powerful feature that has been a game changer for my company is Azure VM(Virtual Machines). My team and I were able to create our own customised virtual machines very easily and in a matter of minutes. All we had to do was...

Cons

I don't have any complaints about Azure's functionality performance or reliability it has been excellent. However I do have a problem with Azures somewhat clunky and chaotic interface. I would prefer a more refined and easy to navigate interface. Also a clear and transparent pricing system is needed to enable us users determine how much a particular addition will cost instead of having to "guess" a little.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The total cloud solution for medium to large companies

Reviewed a year ago

We implemented an API Microservice architecture. After the initial implementation we thought it was really fast to implement. But after a year or so, the same problem arises that always arises: development halts or gets complicated, solving small bugs becomes a daily task. From then on only one thing matters: find the bug within 5 seconds, while the "customer" (or reporter) is on the other end of the telephone line. And from then on, azure shows it's chaotic head. What queue is used by this function through what API Manager API, and who else uses this? We try to solve this by documenting everything (and its relation to anything else) in a documentation environment (not azure).

Pros

It can do so many things... after 2 years of using this product I think I still haven't touched half of what's possible. It makes creating API's, flows, queues, logging a lot easier, since the boring stuff (maintaining the tools that allows that functionality) is taken care of. Also, the support is great. There are many learning paths and they're all very easy to follow.

Cons

Azure is very chaotic. A cloud solution almost always incorporates some kind of API environment. For an API environment it's really important that it follows some kind of domain driven architecture. After creating hundreds of API's, you really want to be able to categorize the API's according to your organization's enterprise domain architecture, otherwise it gets really hqrd to search through hundreds...

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Great tools, stable server

Reviewed a year ago

I have been using it for several years, in our company we have several customer projects on Azure, especially in ASP.NET. There is a certain latency that is a little too great between the data server and the application server, when it uses a SQL Server base (much higher than in your traditional hosting provider). We miss a simple button to install Lets Encrypt on websites, everything is manual. For backup we use competitor G which is much cheaper. Our customers really like application stability and response time.

Pros

The best thing about Azure is flexibility, you can put a lot of projects there, in different languages and technologies. If you use .NET it becomes even easier, as it has several integrations in native components, including the development IDE.

Cons

Mainly the price. In Brazil, being charged on a dollar basis is very expensive, it is difficult to pass this on to the customer. The recent 21% readjustment was abusive. It also fails to deliver simple ways to perform trivial tasks: you suffer if you want to create a simple backup of your website or database. Leaving the trivial, the technical bureaucracy is enormous.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The service provided by Azure is priceless!

Reviewed a year ago

Intuitive and easy to use. You do not have problems uploading files. the convenience of being able to store very large files in multiple gigabytes is great. An affordable, reliable product.I love that it provides easy access to everything we keep. My experience with Azure is great.

Pros

Its design is pleasant and intuitive. It is easy to use and is a reliable great tool for my cloud storage needs. I like that it is easy to store all kinds of data and data drop extensions. It is truly an excellent online storage program. It allows the sharing of large videos and graphics, which are difficult to send by e-mail, thanks to this feature, it perfectly supports the workflow and contributes...

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I haven't had any bad experience with Azure, I am very satisfied.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Excellent Cloud Plataform for Visual Studio users

Reviewed 2 years ago

I think is a great product, all is available in one place. It is integrated with external basic tools like emails and many of them are free with some limits. Deploy a new version of a service in a new environment is really quick. Azure is really competitive in terms of cost in windows or other plataforms. In my case which I mainly work with MS Visual Studio I would recommed it over the others.

Pros

As a Visual Studio developer it easy to create a service or project from visual studio and deploy to azure. It offers a free tier to test the best option to implement a service or application. We have access to detailed management cost analysis tool that includes budget alerts as a way to monitor the cost of the services. For a beginner I think that is easier to use than AWS or Google. Experts can customize all features of each service and follow service recommendations. Azure has an exceptional service called Application Insights which brings all information about performance, errors and use. Related services are fully integrated and ready to use as soon is deployed. i.e. A SQL Azure database from a web application. High availability, we have never had an issue related to the service.

Cons

Azure requires at least a basic management for each service. For basic users that are starting to use it there could be an even simple service configuration and options available UI. Something like Basic or Experts configuration. Because of the huge list of available settings and options sometimes it is hard to find what the user wants. Basic and free tiers could have some limitations with the access to some specific functionalities like for instance GDI to create reports.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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AWS who?.....

Reviewed 3 years ago

Spinning up virtual environments and hosting software for clients and we use cold and hot storage for clients servers and backs with azure as they offer some of the best storage rates as compared to AWS. We can also spin up virtual domain and active directories for our clients to remove the heat and maintenance from small facilities on the edge of their environment that might not have a dedicated space for IT. Allowing us to now only offsite the IT but also the infrastructure.

Pros

I have found the best use for Azure is to off site the IT hardware for infrastructure, So now IT can not only have the team off site but now that off site team doesn't have to worry about the servers being touched by employees messing around in the network closets.Allowing entire companies to be managed off site.

Cons

Price on VMs, non transparent price, ease to setup redundancy...

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A powerful platform with tons of options but a confusing interface and unclear pricing

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

There are a ton of amazing points about Azure. The ease of which you can spool up new websites, databases, or even entire virtual machines is incredible. You can do in minutes what would take you hours to do on site. Setting up communication between resources is also quite easy. Inside each installed item (website, VM, SQL Server, etc.), there will be options that you can configure. These options make it very easy to quickly configure your resources in a way that is best. Not sure what you should do for setup? No problem. There are usually only a few pages of options, so it is easy enough to click through each page and read them (and their associated help). That allows for a much better experience for even novice Azure users.

Cons

I like Azure a lot, but there are definitely some big areas for improvement. The biggest, I think, is a very clear and transparent pricing system. It is very difficult to figure out what a certain addition will do to impact your monthly pricing. You have to guess a bit at what you think will happen and where you think you are at overall to figure out if you can afford to add another resource. That's...

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Can't imagine to run our Business without Azure

Reviewed 3 years ago

It's a wonderful experience using Azure. Being an startup we're able to host and manage a complex Enterprise Level business solution without any server administrator. We would not have been able to manage our product without Azure.

Pros

1. Intuitive and Fast Interface. 2. Everything possible with Azure. 3. Most Reasonable platform. 4. Multiple Technology Stack makes the life easy. 5. Ultimate Performance 6. Great analytics from usage to pricing level.

Cons

Microsoft keep on engineering and inventing the platform periodically. Whatever we think is missing is present in the immediate releases.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Microsoft Azure - Provides us the best cloud experience right now!!!!

Reviewed 3 years ago

We work for health care across the globe , For us it is well suited fpr moving single use servers to the cloud.We were able to quickly replicate some of our servers and move their functionalities to the new azure hosted servers.Core and Advanced ADC functionalities helps us serve us customers better. Supports bigger platforms. We chose Azure as we pay only for what we use, certain applications were used rarely to produce reports but we had to pay a hefty amount. The accessibility of software and flexibility is good. Lot of features we havent explored yet. Good product and we are happy adopting it.

Pros

1. Easy integration with other microsoft products. Easy installation and use. 2. It is very user friendly and provides user friendly options for data capture and analysis. 3. Lot of options and variety of capabilities. 4. Market of Azure is growing very rapidly, the PaaS offerings are evolving and rapidly maturing. 5. Supports the current infrastructure of our company. 6. Pay only for the resources strategy helps and support our company in a big way. 7. Security management on microsoft Azure is good. 8. Cloud computing is the best feature and its virtual environment on the market is stand out. 9. Database administration is made simple and easy. 10. Less cost with high performance.

Cons

1. Monitoring the spend and billing rates are always are headache. 2.Backup and restoration process take a little bit of time. 3. User interface works slowly on firefox browsers. 4. Support and service center support should be more responsive.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Reliable cloud for mission critical applications

Reviewed 2 years ago

Azure has helped us grow tremendously while minimizing maintenance, upkeep, and other non value-add activities.

Pros

Azure has been a stable and reliable cloud platform within which we have based all of our mission critical applications. The breadth of offerings is on par with any other competitor, and we have not found a situation yet where we've had to look elsewhere for a particular product. Interfaces and APIs for working with Azure resources are easy to use and intuitive. We also applaud Microsoft's embracing of open source software, particularly Linux environments. Inevitable brief downtime periods (all major clouds have this) have been addressed swiftly and transparently.

Cons

Support at the basic levels is poor to non-existent, must upgrade to a high level support plan to get any competent support within a reasonable timeframe. While infrequent, a few service outages we have seen lasted more than a few hours.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A Competitive Cloud Provider

Reviewed a year ago

I've been using Microsfot Azure since last 6+ years and I am still convinced that it is the best cloud services solution available in the market. Compared to GCP and AWS it offers a good balance between cost and benefits.

Pros

Microsoft Azure has many features, but perhaps one of the things that I find most valuable it is how easy to use is the Azure Portal. Compared to Google Cloud or AWS , Azure portal is intuitive and you can deploy resources in a nutshell. There are a vast number of resources from which you can select the ones that fit your needs. You can quickly deploy Linux or Windows Servers, VPN services, Load Balancers, API Gateway, and so on...

Cons

One important feature that it is missing, is an improvement in the Azure Calculator that allow you to effectively calculate your monthly costs. It tends to be quite difficult to do an accurate estimate of prices.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Very Good and Robust Cloud Infrastucture

Reviewed 24 days ago

Overall Azure plays an integral role in my day to day activities. Their cloud infrastrucuture is very robust and have not faced any serious issues till now.

Pros

SSO enabled access makes it easy for me to access it just with my Org's creds and from anywhere even from my mobile device. This makes it easy for me to work from any location. Apart from this, from cloud infrastructure point of view Azure offers lot of features that play a critical role in doing my day to day job. I mainly use thier Databricks, Ddata Factory, Analysis Server and Logic App services in my daily job. I am very satisfied with the way they integrate with each other.

Cons

It can get pretty daunting and cumbersome initialy when you start using the service initially as the learning curve is quite steap. Also the pricing does not make this the best choice for lot of mid-sized companies.

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Reliable,Cost effective and secure Cloud service Platform

Reviewed a year ago

It has been a good experience using Azure. The biggest problem solved by Azure is that of limited storage by providing us with more data centers.

Pros

Microsoft Azure is flexible and scalable in that an organization can adjust capacity as it grows and depending on the organization's capacity needs. The fact that Azure has secure private connections,it allows intergration with the organization's existing IT environment. In this case the organization needs not to choose between the existing data center and the cloud. Azure has unique storage. This means that it provides more data centers which in turn makes data storage and transfer fast and reliable. Another outstanding feature that Azure possesses is that of creating VMs. The process is easy and takes little time.

Cons

Azure interface is more of a developer interface though it has no problem appearing that way.Its appearance does not affect its functionality.

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Not a great microsoft fan, happy customer regardless

Reviewed 5 years ago

Azure has helped us sustain operations and scale over the years in multiple projects. It is a great offering that can help any business from startup to large enterprises build and grow together.

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I have been using Microsoft Azure for the past 5+ years. I was never a big Microsoft fan, having dropped Windows for Linux/Mac for more than 15 years already. At first I was sceptical as to how can a company with its own technologies thrive in a space dominated by Unix based systems. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in terms of services offered by Azure you miss very few as compared to...

Cons

The one thing that Microsoft can improve on Azure is transparency in pricing. There are times when I'm trying to evaluate cost between different clouds and it's more complex to figure out how much our usage would cost on Azure as opposed to AWS.

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Complete cloud platform

Reviewed a year ago

We have been using azure cloud for almost 5 years and I must say it never let us down although it took us some time to take most out of it in-terms of performance and cost but once streamlined it saved us huge amount of administrative effort as well as cost. We have used variety of cloud products and services to date including VMs, web apps, databases, server less compute, storage etc and managing everything at one platform is really a great advantage as compared to on premises or dedicated servers.

Pros

Huge range of cloud products and services Cost effective as cloud model is based on Opex operational expenditure rather than Capex. Loads of things to experiment and trial before switching to cloud from on premises. No administration headache. Backups and recoveries are really great Application insights and billing tools are awesome They have data centres all over the world which helps in reduced latency. Streamlined dev ops, once configured, just click and release Easy to learn and navigate UI Free credits for new comers so good place for learners Along with UI interface, Azure Power shell and CLI command lines

Cons

Mobile app for azure doesn’t have much UI controls although command lines are still available. Several app metrics are hard to understand

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Having Lot Of Service Region

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

we can find a any infrastructure service in variance region and variance size depend on our requirement also having multiple services like AKS,File services,Register Service comparing other vendors cost little bit higher

Cons

Technical support service not reliable sometimes

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Microsoft's public cloud - all the power of Microsoft

Reviewed a month ago

It has been positive; by all means, I still like and enjoy AWS, GCP, and OCI for different workloads but Azure is a tremendous offering and these days most businesses have embraced hybrid multi-cloud, not putting everything in a single cloud.

Pros

There is a lot of power in Microsoft Azure; it offers full IaaS and PaaS functionality with virtual machines, serverless functions, networking, etc. and in a way that is consistent and familiar with those coming from on-premises Microsoft environments. However, without being constrained to Microsoft only - there is a lot of support for Linux and open-source products. I do like that Microsoft's serverless SQL Server offering on Azure allows an unlimited amount of SQL Server databases which compares favourably to AWS RDS SQL Server that has limitations here.

Cons

I'm disappointed Microsoft changed their pricing to be pegged to the US dollar in the last couple of years. For those of us outside the US, this was a big drawcard against other public clouds because we had fixed, predictable pricing. By making charges be US dollars now it means we have fluctuations in spend based on the fluctuation of conversion rates so it is now far harder to make a predictable budget.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Reliable and Cost Effective Cloud Solution

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

Configuration of Azure is straightforward and intuitive, and It is easy to integrate with the Azure ecosystem. There is no difficulty in recovering the data from the data center since it was accidentally deleted. The migration tools provide us with the detailed information on the features, specifications, and costs associated with the cloud migration process. Furthermore, it provides a secure method of sharing files.

Cons

It was hard to use NLP and machine learning components due to unclear documentation and training materials. The automated deployment templates will require further customization and will not meet all of our needs and additional learning is necessary to uncover these areas.

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Best hybrid cloud

Reviewed 2 years ago

We love it. We have several CI/CD pipelines in visual studio to automate and manage our environments. It has an excellent support for CLI so that infrastructure as code possible.

Pros

It is easy to use even for non-developers. It has both command line and dashboard access to cloud resources. Best in class support. It works great with in-prem and in cloud apps with a seamless integration. Their advisor tool works great to mitigate issues with security and under utilized resources.

Cons

Some areas of cloud offerings could be be better. Hard disk management is not as matured as AWS. Frequent crashing of VMs causes disk corruption. Managed database services like cosmos, mysql and postgresql are expensive.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Tough Competitor to AWS and Google Cloud - Best in terms of Cost, APIs and easy to use !

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

* Provides many machine learning / AI API specific services like voice recognition, voice identification, etc which helps to develop or incorporate AI features in our application easily without the need for a dedicated team having expertise in these machine learning areas. * Value for money - Get more resources at same cost compared to alternatives. * Transparent pricing which helps to predict the monthly costs. * Very easy to set up new servers and enable scalability to accommodate huge influx of traffic. * Dedicated support available and many sessions are conducted to educate the users. * A must cloud service provided if you want windows based machines as these guys are expert in giving a well optimized windows machine. * Generous free credits available for first time users.

Cons

* The console/dashboard is little cluttered and can be overwhelming for some users. * System admins who are used to work in other platforms will take some time to adjust to Azure environment. * Too many choices available to achieve the same purpose which can can cause confusion ( Paradox of choices)

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Clouding at its Peak

Reviewed 9 months ago

My company has several client projects on Microsoft azure and for a couple of years now, it has been a very great experience. I love its hosting capability and for being a stable application.

Pros

I'm actually very impressed with this application, its very user friendly and secure. It has different integrations and multiple options for languages, I mostly love its ability to acquire information on consumption.

Cons

Sometimes, navigating through the admin can be very tricky for a new user. It is a little bit more expensive when compared with other softwares and this is a software that doesn't really buffer simple solutions to highly technical problems. It is still my best choice so far.